YDA JURY 2020: Young Wook Paik

Young Wook Paik
Seoul, South Korea

Born in Paris, Young-wook (Wookie) has spent an extensive period of time living aboard while growing up.

Before directing, Young-wook began his career at HS Ad one of the top renown ad agencies in Korea. He started as a Copywriter working on accounts for Nike, LG, Mercedes-Benz, and Korean Air. During that time he helped the agency garner several awards at the Cannes Lions and New York Festivals. He also represented the Korean Creative Team during the Young Lions Competition in Cannes back in 2002. The campaign he produced for Korean Air’s “Mongolia” campaign won the Grand Prix at the Korean Broadcasting Advertisng Awards back in 2007.

Since working as a Director at MassMessAge, one of the top production companies in Korea, Young-wook has shot several campaigns for clients such as Samsung, Hyundai, LG, McDonald's, Korean Air, and Finnair. He has also ventured into directing short films where his first short "One Shot," was officially selected and screened at the International Kurzfilmwoche Regensburg in Germany, the San Diego Asian Film Festival in the U.S., and I Filmmaker International Film Festival in Marbella Spain. His second short film "Seoul Tour" won Best Short at the Roma Cinema DOC festival in Italy. His work on ‘East and West Side Story,’ the branded content short film presented by Finnair/Finavia, has been selected as Ad Forum’s No.1 campaign. His recent short film “Scent,” which is still on its festival run, has officially been selected for the Silk Road International Film Festvial in Ireland, Boston Sci -Fi Film Festival, and has went on to garner awards for Best Cinematography and Grand Jury at Seoul’s prestigious Chungmuro Short Film Festival.

Young-wook is currently preparing to shoot his first feature-length film.